A unique new art museum has opened in the Swiss Alps, built into an underground space that was once home to a 12th century monastery and brewery. Called Muzeum Susch, the space has been specifically designed to house major exhibitions as well as experimental and contemporary art shows.
Located in a remote town on the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela in the Engadine Valley, Muzeum Susch officially opened its doors to the public on 2 January. Founded and created by Polish entrepreneur Grażyna Kulczyk, it has been described as a “laboratory” for art. The museum boasts 1500-square-metres of gallery spaces which showcase permanent artworks as well as a regular programme of temporary exhibitions. It also invites artists, curators, writer and researchers to take part in a special residency programme throughout the year.
The interior of Muzeum Susch is itself a work of art, and has been impressing keen visitors with its unique charm. Pieces of natural mountain rock can be seen exposed throughout, while a naturally-occurring water source has even been left to flow through it. The museum comprises of three buildings that are interconnected, and includes a restaurant. The project required over one year of excavation that saw 9000 tonnes of rock being shifted.
The museum’s inaugural exhibition is named A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women, curated by Kasia Redzisz, senior curator, Tate Liverpool. On the topic of the feminine, the exhibition features works by more than 30 international artists that commented on the theme in their own way.
“Muzeum Susch honours the heritage of its location, encouraging contemplation, meditation and perhaps a new kind of pilgrimage,” a spokesperson for the museum said.
More information on visiting Muzuem Susch is available at the official website.